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Blu-Ray/ DVD Review: The Visit

Posted in: Blu-Ray/DVD Reviews, General  |  By: John Hanlon  |  January 5th, 2016
Blu-Ray Review: The Visit

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller The Visit arrives today on Blu-Ray, adiposity DVD and Digital HD.

With a meager budget but memorable moments of suspense, decease the film marks a return to form of sorts for the writer/director, who earned accolades for his work on the Oscar-nominated film The Sixth Sense. Since that film, the director has struggled at times with high-concept features.

The new film has a more modest concept though. Two youngsters named Becca (Olivia Dejonge) and Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) are sent to visit their grandparents for a week while their mother takes a much-needed vacation. When the grandchildren arrive at their mother’s old home though, they notice that something doesn’t seem to be right with their eccentric granny (Deanna Dunagan) and their easily-agitated Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie).

Shyamalan uses the found footage concept to chronicle this week of horror as the grandchildren slowly begin to realize how much danger they are in. Relying on genuine suspense, the filmmakers have fashioned a old-fashioned but commendable scary movie with the help of Dunagan, who does a great supporting job here.

For my full review of the film, click here.

The film recently arrived on Blu-Ray and DVD and includes some great special features.

Bonus Features: Alternate endings, deleted screens, Becca’s photos and a short featurette entitled The Making of The Visit.

Highlight: The Making of the Visit highlights how the director “relearned” how to hear his voice again on this film and how this movie brought him back to his core ideals. The feature really shows how the writer/director changed his methods in order to bring him back to where he wanted to be creatively.

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